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Posted on: May 18, 2016

Jackson County COMBAT to Kick-Off Neighborhood Events

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting this year’s second neighborhood event in Kansas City with a new twist. The event features Prescription Drug Take Back, neighborhood clean-up efforts and distribution of free gun locks.

East KC Event Includes COMBAT’s New Drug Take Back Program

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting this year’s second neighborhood event this Friday, May 20 at E. 35th and Prospect Ave., in Kansas City, MO with a new twist. As in the past, COMBAT will partner with various neighborhoods, but for 2016 it will add a Prescription Drug Take Back, neighborhood clean-up efforts and distribution of free gun locks.

From 2014 to 2015, Kansas City East Patrol reported 30 homicides, 846 aggravated assaults, 431 robberies and 137 sexual assaults from this sector. Due to this high volume of violent crimes, COMBAT has partnered with Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KCNoVA) and the Kansas City Police Department to focus on this area to bring anti-violence resources and services to the Prospect corridor.

COMBAT will also unveil its new marketing concept for 2016, which was designed by Felix Maull. Felix is a former MyARTS student from ArtsTech, both COMBAT-funded agencies. He used his love for art to get involved with different programs around his community. “…If you don’t have anything to do, then you’re gonna get into trouble, so these programs are doing a really good job,” Felix said.

Each neighborhood event, beginning in Ruskin, will feature a Prescription Drug Take Back utilizing a drug incinerator operated by the Jackson County Sheriff. The “Drug Terminator” destroys drugs and narcotics with a clean, smoke-free burn. Residents can bring extra prescription or over-the-counter medicines to be destroyed.

COMBAT is also partnering with locally funded agencies to clean and mow blighted vacant lots. In addition, dumpsters will be available for residents to drop off bulk items including small appliances, furniture, televisions, mattresses and more. Teams of volunteers will deploy through the neighborhood cleaning up trash in streets and on sidewalks.

Partners for this neighborhood event include the Kansas City Police Department East Patrol, KC Crime Commission, Benilde Hall, 12th Street Heritage & other local agencies. Hot dogs will be provided for volunteers.

What: COMBAT Prescription Drug Take Back and Neighborhood Cleanup

When: Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: E. 35th & Prospect Avenue, Northwest corner lot across from BP Convenience Store

Who: Frank White, Jr., Jackson County ExecutiveStacey Daniels Young, COMBAT Director
Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County ProsecutorDarryl Forte, Kansas City Police Chief
Felix Maull, MyARTS Artist

Other neighborhood events scheduled for the summer include:

Friday, June 17: 2 p.m. in Blue SpringsFriday, July 29: 2 p.m. in Independence/Sugar Creek
Friday, August 26: 2 p.m. in Raytown

Details will be sent via Media Advisory for each event as it approaches.

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